Author: Carly Smith

What We’re Playing: Gardens, Interior Design, and More

The WWAC Games section chats a lot about the games we’re all currently obsessed with, and it’s not just Stardew Valley (though a lot of our talk has been about the gardening game). Here’s a sneak peek into the games consuming our time and what we’ve been talking about behind the scenes. Al Rosenberg is playing: Clash Royale Supercell iOS, Android January 4, 2016 Why am I playing this game? I usually hate games like this. I have no patience for waiting for my turns to refill or chests to unlock. Yet, here I am, obsessed with this mobile game....

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Review: Nintendo’s Miitomo App

After a long time of ignoring the culture surrounding smartphones, Nintendo has released its first social media app, complete with a dress-up game and pachinko-style minigames. I’m a sucker for virtual clothes and being Skinner boxed by “I nearly had it!” games, so I was eager to try out Miitomo. Miitomo reminds me a lot of Nintendo’s earlier game Tomodachi Life, a more restrictive life-simulation game where you put a bunch of characters together and see how they act together—but only heteronormative Miis allowed. Nintendo later apologized, saying they never intended to make “social commentary” with the game, showing that they kind...

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Gaming Group Talks About Gaming Groups

It’s hard not to form friendships after hours spent slaying orcs, grinding rep runs, or collecting gil. The friendships we forge in the storytelling and dungeon-crawling fires of gaming can be just as profound—if not more—as those from other sources, and some of the WWAC writers have come to share their stories of triumph, camaraderie, and conflict created over dice rolls and WIFI connections. How did you find your first gaming group, whether tabletop or online? Did you stick with them for a long time? Melissa Brinks: I met most of my current friend group through the writing club...

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Why I Game: We Are Not Alone

Like a lot of young introverts, as a kid I struggled making lasting friendships. I always felt like I was on the outside looking in. Through times of significant change in adolescence, I was still having a hard time finding “my place” in the world. I declined invitations to parties and events because they made me feel tired, but I still felt isolated. I know a lot of other people who like video games have experienced something similar. We immerse ourselves in stories and find friends and heroes in the characters. We find characters we can relate to and...

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Women Are (Slightly) More Likely to Own a Game Console Than Men, But That Misses the Point

Sexist gatekeepers have another hurdle to try to mansplain away: a recent report by the Pew Research Center examined device ownership in the United States, concluding more women than men own a game console. The study, which can be read in its entirety here, is based on telephone interviews conducted from March to April of this year with 1,907 Americans at least 18 years old living in the 50 states and D.C. Pew concluded about 40% of American adults own a game console and that “ownership varies by age, household income, and education.” However, the statistic from this survey everyone is...

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